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Stormers v Reds - Live
Stormers 20 - 15 Reds
80 The Stormers survive and ultimately win the game 20-15! This result is a blow to the Reds' hopes of topping the Australian conference as they end the week five points adrift of the Brumbies. For the hosts they are still a long way off topping the South African conference. Next up, Sharks vs Bulls.
79 But that's poor from the Stormers. Habana just won a turnover following his tackle and then Pietersen chose to kick when there was a three on two. His effort went straight out...big chance for the Reds.
77 PIETERSEN PENALTY! 20-15! The Stormers now have a five-point lead and that could prove crucial.
74 So the lead is changing hands frequently at Newlands as Liebenberg throws on his own ten-metre. It will now be a case of playing the territory for the Stormers, who box kick before kicking it long.
71 PIETERSEN PENALTY! 17-15! A swift retort from the Stormers as they hit back through Pietersen's boot.
69 COOPER PENALTY! 14-15! The Reds are in front as the game nears its final ten minutes.
68 Plenty of ball for the Reds and they get a chance for another three here as the tackler fails to roll away. The atmosphere is flat at Newlands tonight and won't improve as Cooper prepares to kick it over.
65 COOPER PENALTY! 14-12! He has the distance alright.
64 Reds ball now with Horwill taking it up and they have a penalty advantage for Etzebeth being offside. Now, is it too long for Cooper? We will get to find out as the fly-half calls for the kicking tee.
61 PIETERSEN PENALTY! 14-9! The Stormers respond soon after though as the Reds are penalised in their 22.
59 COOPER PENALTY! 11-9! He's judging the wind well now.
58 Play is on halfway and with the Stormers through Kolisi taking it up. However, here come the Reds on the counter and again it's Aplon the man being penalised, this time for offside. Cooper lines one up.
55 COOPER PENALTY! 11-6! Aplon enters a ruck from the side so that Pietersen shot is cancelled out.
52 PIETERSEN PENALTY! 11-3! A bit harsh on the Reds there as Slipper is penalised for not rolling away when he was clearly trapped by his own man. Net result, Pietersen sends over three through the wind.
50 Genia clears up to his ten-metre line after a forward pass from Jantjies foils a Stormers attack.
48 COOPER PENALTY! 8-3! The Reds are on the board after a good strike from the Australian fly-half.
45 Pietersen misses the conversion as this strong wind continues to play a factor in Cape Town.
44 DE VILLIERS TRY! 8-0! How about that? A cross-kick from Jantjies to Habana led to the ball being put back inside to Pietersen who ran 20 metres before finding his captain on his left who finished well.
43 The Reds are going through the phases early on with Genia probing before Cooper's pass goes forward.
41 Welcome back to Newlands where the Stormers are three points to the good.
Stormers 3-0 Reds. Despite being quite an open game we've had to wait until the last minute of the half for the score to be opened. The Reds have looked more impressive on attack but have made crucial errors - often in the face of good defence - when it has mattered. One imagines the Stormers will need to show more in attack in the second period if they're to stay in front but in a contest of this nature it's always hard to predict how the second 40 will play out.
40 PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN 3-0. No mistake this time from Pietersen as he puts it over from right out in front.
40 Another steal at the line-out from Etzebeth and the Stormers attack with purpose for the first time in a number of minutes. Aplon carries it up twice before Liebenberg bashes it five from the line. The Reds are offside and the Stormers will have a chance to end the half with a three-pointer.
39 No contest at the next line-out and Simmons takes well, providing good front foot ball. Genia is very busy at the base of the ruck, bringing players in at the angle effectively as the Reds up the tempo. Genia goes for an optimistic cross-kick which is fielded by Habana who takes it quickly and looks to break out. Jantjies cracks it down field and for the first time in quite a while the Stormers are out of their half.
36 A lot of pressure on the Stormers scrum and on Pietersen's clearance and the result is a Reds line-out not far outside the Stormers 22. The Reds go to the front of the line-out and it's really messy but they manage to both hold onto possession and keep it in field. Some strong defence from the Stormers but it's requiring a lot of numbers and some spaces opens up around the fringes. The defence regains it's shape and the Reds decide to keep it tight. Good patience shown before they swing it wide but there is a steal from de Allende but a horror pass to Jantjies isn't collected by the fly-half and Schreuder is forced to clear to 10 out. Eben Etzebeth steals the line-out though and the hosts get out of their 22.
32 Cooper hammers the ball down field and with nobody else back, Pietersen can only kick it into touch which he finds on his 10m line. Samo picks up a poor throw but possession is soon spilled and the Stormers counter into the Reds 22. Cooper is there to cover and the Genia clears. Liam Gill steals the ball on halfway and Genia again puts in a little kick to space. Aplon clears to halfway and the line-out is taken quickly. Cooper is smashed in the tackle but gets the ball away to Chris Feauai-Sautia who runs strongly and passes it off to Morahan. The winger runs out of space on the left and knocks it forward in the 22 as he tries to offload.
29 Carr is put into space by Jantjies before Schreuder is hammered by Samo in a tackle the crowd thinks is a tip tackle but the ref is happy with. The Stormers keep it going but a handling error from de Allende hands the ball back to the Reds for a scrum.
27 Simmons does well to grab the 22 and Cooper looks to bring his backs into play with another kick behind the defence but Anthony Faingaa is pinged at the breakdown for going beyond the ball and the Stormers have a line-out on the Reds 10m line.
25 We remain scoreless though as the north west appears to be having an effect as it swirls around, it certainly wasn't a poor strike from Cooper.
24 The Reds spread the ball to the far touchline but they run out of space and are bundled into touch. Pietersen clears from the line-out but kicking into a bit of a wind can only get it about 30 out from his own line. The Reds keep it tight at first and Harris is foolishly penalised for lazily obstructing the scrum-half.
22 Nizaam Carr breaks off the back of the maul and for a moment he is isolated. Tiaan Liebenberg notices this and in his haste to clear out comes in from the side and is penalised. Reds line-out on halfway.
21 Louis Schreuder breaks with some good front foot ball but the space closes down quickly. The ball is put onto the boot and Cooper is there to cover and despite heavy pressure he puts in a great clearance kick to over the halfway line from inside his 22 on the touchline.
20 A strong scrum from the Stormers but the Reds get it away. Cooper again looks to bring an attacker into the line with a flat pass but this time it goes forward to Anthony Faingaa.
18 The ball is spread wide and de Villiers brings Damian de Allende back in on the inside with good effect. The Stormers start to go backwards though and they force the Stormers into making a loose pass and the ball goes forward.
17 Cooper seems to hold on for a near eternity as he drifts across the line but he waits until just the right moment for Davies to run onto it and make a half break. The ball is recycled the ball well but Siya Kolisi does some good work at the ruck to win his side a penalty as the Reds hold on. The Stormers clear to their 10m.
15 Cooper gets plenty on the kick but it trails off to the left and wide.
12 The Stormers do really well to put pressure on Morahan as he gathers the high ball and they turn over possession. The Reds have to scramble in defence but they do well and the ball is unplayable in a ruck and we pause as a scrum to the Stormers is indicated.
10 Cooper frees his hands brilliantly after Anthony Faingaa hit it up and he puts Morahan into space. The winger puts in a kick down the line but it is guided into touch by Aplon inside the Stormers 22. The hosts clear from the line-out and show their intent by moving it up once more. Cooper is very involved, first putting Davies in space really well with an inside pass across the face of the defence but then in the next phase his pass behind surprises everyone, including his team-mates and the ball is lost forward.
8 The Reds gather the 22 and attack, moving the ball through the hands in the silky fashion one has come to expect. A pass goes astray though and the Stormers look to counter but a poor pass from Habana goes behind de Villiers and into touch on the Stormers 10m.
6 The Reds slow the ball down illegally at the ruck and the Stormers have an early chance to put some points on the board. From about 50 out Pietersen pulls it to the left. Not the best effort.
4 After initially hitting it up well from the line-out the ball goes loose and one of the Reds players impedes Tiaan Liebenberg as he looks to pounce on the ball and the Stormers get a penalty which they use to set up a line-out on the Reds 10m.
2 From the outset Cooper looks for a bit of magic as he puts in a neat little chip over the defence for Davies to run onto but the winger can't hold on. Stormers scrum on the 10m. Brok Harris is penalised for going straight down at the scrum and the Reds have an attacking line-out.
Away we go Jaco Peyper blows his whistle and the match is underway.
A light breeze from the north-east at Newlands this evening which could bring a little rain later which has been in the offering all day.
Team news Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made a host of changes for this clash, most of which are injury-enforced. Centre Juan de Jongh (fractured finger), flank-cum-hooker Deon Fourie (ribs), lock Andries Bekker (back) and props Frans Malherbe and Pat Cilliers (both ankle) are all out following last week's clash with the Rebels, adding to an already long injury list. Damian de Allende (inside centre), Don Armand (flank), Gerbrandt Grobler (lock), Brok Harris (tighthead prop) and Tiaan Liebenberg (hooker) are then me who come in as a result. For the Reds, Radike Samo comes in at number eight in place of Eddie Quirk who is given a bit of a breather with a place on the bench.
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